NEW ORLEANS – The 49ers just beat the Saints 31-21. Here are the grades for the 49ers offense.
Offensive line: B-. These guys gave up pressure all game, but did not surrender a single sack because Kaepernick escaped every time. Anthony Davis was flagged for a hold which negated a beautiful throw by Kaepernick and a beautiful catch and run by Michael Crabtree which would have been a 35-yard gain. They blocked well for Kendall Hunter and for Colin Kaepernick on his touchdown run. Jonathan Goodwin was also flagged for a hold.
Running backs: B-. Frank Gore dropped a pass and gained just 12 yards on four carries in the first half, but he helped put the game away in the fourth quarter. Bruce Miller made three nice catches. Kendall Hunter played extremely well before he left the game with an ankle injury. He’s one of the best players on the offense. The 49ers need him healthy for the playoffs.
Wide receivers: B-. Michael Crabtree dropped a pass, but he caught three for 26 yards. He should have caught four for 61 yards, but his longest reception was negated due to Anthony Davis’ holding penalty. Mario Manningham led the team in receptions with five. He seems like Kaepernick’s favorite target. Randy Moss and Kyle Williams did nothing.
Tight ends: A-. Vernon Davis dropped one pass. He caught another one, but it was called back because of Goodwin’s holding penalty. Davis’ disappearance from this game is Greg Roman’s fault, not Kaepernick’s or Davis’. Delanie Walker had the best game of his life. He dropped zero passes and caught three for 81 yards.